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Rowlinson Knitwear (Rowlinson) has been re-awarded the Investors in People (IIP) Gold standard – the highest IIP standard for people management – defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

Established in 1935 and employee-owned since 2015, Rowlinson manufactures specialist knitwear for the schoolwear and corporatewear markets, serving customers across the UK and Ireland. A values-led business, its ethical philosophy puts trust, care for all and a quest for improvement at the heart of everything it does.

“Everyone at Rowlinson is extremely focused on finding ways to improve our business and we really want everyone to feel they can speak up and suggest ways that we can be better,” says Rowlinson commercial director, Neil Ward (pictured right). “Our managers listen well and put people’s suggestions into operation, wherever possible. As a result of this, trust and respect are firmly embedded in our culture.”

The IIP assessment revealed that Stockport-based Rowlinson had achieved 192 evidence points out of a possible 196, confirming it remains amongst the elite seven per cent of IIP Gold accredited organisations across the UK.

“Achieving the Investors in People Gold standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of,” says Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People. “We’d like to congratulate Rowlinson Knitwear on its reaccreditation with the IIP Gold standard, which acknowledges the strong emphasis it places on raising standards and investing in its people for the future.”

Nicola Ryan (pictured left), head of people services at Rowlinson, adds, “Every aspect of how we support our people enables us to help our people reach their potential. As an example, we emphasise apprentice recruitment as we firmly believe in giving young people an opportunity to build their career and learn important work skills within a stable and caring workplace. In return, our approach delivers great employee satisfaction and our focus on collaborative working enables us to deliver excellent client service. To have Investors in People re-endorse our approach is extremely gratifying.”

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